Rush Opening Statement at Health Subcommittee Field Hearing on A Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidemic

Oct 4, 2019
Press Release

CHICAGO — Yesterday, U.S. Representative Bobby L. Rush (D-Ill.) delivered the following opening remarks at the Energy and Commerce Committee's Subcommittee on Health field hearing on "A Public Health Crisis: The Gun Violence Epidemic."

Rep. Rush's Opening Statement as Prepared for Delivery: 

I would like to thank Chairwoman Eshoo for convening this important discussion here at Kennedy–King College.  Gun violence is a national epidemic, and it undermines the public health and safety of our communities.  This epidemic has had painful consequences for far too many families in Chicago — especially, here, in my district — as well as around the country.

That is why, since 2017, I have been calling for a hearing such as this to take place in my district.  While important conversations are ongoing in Washington, it is equally, if not more so, important to be having these conversations here, in a community that, for too long, has felt the pain of this epidemic.  For these reasons, I am pleased that we are finally convening today to discuss this public health crisis.

I would like to thank all of my colleagues, on both sides of the aisle, for joining me here.  I would also like to thank the witnesses for sharing their experiences and expertise.

I am confident that through today’s hearing, we will be able to shine a light on the public health impacts of gun violence, and I am optimistic that we will walk away with tangible solutions that will protect our communities from this epidemic.

I look forward to hearing from today’s witnesses.  Additionally, I ask unanimous consent to insert in to the record, the testimony of Dr. Megan Ranney, an emergency physician, violence prevention leader, and the Chief Research Officer of AFFIRM Research, the country’s only non-profit dedicated to solving gun violence through the public health approach.

With that, I yield back the remainder of my time.